Parents are more stressed out and are reporting higher levels of anxiety and depression due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newly published study led by Campbell University Professor of Clinical Research Dr. Miranda van Tilburg. 

The results shouldn’t come as a surprise — especially for parents who have had to deal with school closures, jobs losses and interruptions in medical care for their children since March — but they do back the nation’s mental health concerns with scientific data and make the argument for increased mental health care in the country. 

“People might wonder, ‘We know we’re more stressed. Why are you telling me this?’ but in science, we always have to show the numbers,” van Tilburg says. “And I think it also validates a lot of parents and tells them they’re not alone. It’s normal to feel this way during this pandemic. A lot of people are struggling.” 

Dr. Amin Asfari, Campbell University alumnus and criminal justice professor, has co-authored a study on first- and second-generation Muslim assimilation in the United States in The Journal for Muslim Minority Affairs. Asfari’s mixed-method study – constructed using segmented assimilation theory, suggests that biased public policies, prejudice toward Muslim communities, and lack of a significant co-ethnic community are primary barriers preventing some Muslims from integrating into American culture.

He joins hosts Billy Liggett and Kate Stoneburner on Rhymes With Orange to talk about his study, and his own life before and after Sept. 11, 2001. 

Nikki Olive, director of alumni engagement, and Betsy Dunn-Williams, director of academic advising, join the podcast this week to introduce CamelLink, a digital mentorship site designed to promote career readiness and development by connecting alumni and students.

Hosts: Kate Stoneburner and Billy Liggett

President J. Bradley Creed visits with Kent Annan, the director of humanitarian and disaster leadership at Wheaton College's Humanitarian Disaster Institute and cofounder of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit focused on education in Haiti. Annan is author of "You Welcomed Me," "Slow Kingdom Coming," "After shock" and "Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle." 

Campbell University's football program is coming off back-to-back weeks (and solid showings) on ESPN and ESPNU. Ricky Ray, deputy athletics director, talks about the decision to go to a four-game schedule during the pandemic and what the national exposure means to the program and to the university. 

Communication Studies major Josh Davis, a junior from Fuquay-Varina, talks about what it's like to be a student at Campbell University during the COVID-19 pandemic and talks about the importance of quality journalism in these times. 

Hosts: Billy Liggett and Kate Stoneburner

Nearly 85 percent of Americans were dissatisfied in the current work environment. Research shows positive work environments improve employee productivity leading to better customer service and job satisfaction, as well as increases in operating income and company earnings.

Dr. Joey Faucette joins Rhymes With Orange to talk about Campbell Adult & Online Education's new Work Positive program, which is combatting negative barriers in the current work environment through remote professional development courses created by Faucette and his colleague Jane Creswell.   

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In his second "Campbell Conversations" podcast, Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed speaks with Psychology Chair and Professor Dr. Laura Lunsford about the challenges for and resiliency of students and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Host: Dr. J. Bradley Creed, President of Campbell University
Guest: Dr. Laura Lunsford, professor and chair of psychology at Campbell University

Producer: Billy Liggett, Director of News & Publications, Campbell University

Recorded: July 16, 2020, via Zoom teleconferencing

Music: purple-planet.com

In his first of what will become a monthly series of "Campbell Conversations" podcasts, Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed discusses challenges facing rural North Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic with Patrick Woodie, president of the North Carolina Rural Center. 

Host: Dr. J. Bradley Creed, President of Campbell University
Guest: Patrick Woodie, President of the NC Rural Center
Producer: Billy Liggett, Director of News & Publications, Campbell University

Recorded: May 13, 2020, via Zoom teleconferencing
Music: purple-planet.com

Dr. Wes Rich, associate dean for health sciences and professor of public health, and Dr. David Tillman, assistant professor of public health and chair of the Department of Public Health, talk about COVID-19's impact on North Carolina. The two discuss models that show how social distancing has impacted the numbers in our state and how rural communities are affected differently because of lack of access to medical care. 

Hosts: Billy Liggett and Kate Stoneburner

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